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Petition Pope Francis To Baptize Cannabis For Medicinal Use

Petition To Baptize Cannabis

Since taking over as the head of the Catholic Church in 2013, Pope Francis has worked hard to be a game changer.

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Right off the bat, he’s the first non-European pope in more 1,200 years.

He refused to move into the papal palace, he doesn’t sit in the “Throne of Peter,” and he doesn’t wear any expensive or elaborate papal clothes.

He’s made a point of spending time with the sick and the poor—he even lets homeless people in Rome visit the Vatican for free haircuts and showers.

And when he didn’t immediately condemn LGBTQ people as his predecessors had, he sent shockwaves through the Catholic world.

Pope Francis has done all sorts of unexpected, progressive things. And we’ve got an idea for his next big project: baptize cannabis.

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This is apparently something Popes can do—and according to legend, this wouldn’t be the first time.

According to one legend in particular, that’s exactly what Pope Clement VIII did for coffee back in the early 1600s.

At the time, the Catholic Church apparently thought coffee was a “bitter invention of Satan,” and that it was used by Muslims as a substitute for wine.

This was not good in the eyes of Catholics since wine is used as Jesus’s blood in the Eucharist.

The story goes that Pope Clement VIII still somehow took a drink of coffee. After tasting it, he supposedly said: “This devil’s drink is so delicious we should cheat the devil by baptizing it!”

As the legend goes, after coffee was “baptized” by Clement, Catholics everywhere began drinking it.

So couldn’t Pope Francis do the same thing today with cannabis?

There’s even some precedence for popes publicly supporting drugs that later became illegal.

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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Pope Leo XIII and Pope Saint Pius X were both big-time drinkers of something called Mariani Wine.

This drink was marketed as a “tonic wine” that “fortifies, strengthens, stimulates, and refreshes the body and brain,” and that “quickly restores health, strength, energy, and vitality.”

The secret ingredient: cocaine.

Mariani Wine contained anywhere from 6 to 7.2 milligrams of cocaine per ounce of wine.

Pope Leo XIII apparently loved the drink so much he literally became its poster child. Here’s his face on a famous ad the company ran:

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Ok, so if Pope Clement VIII supposedly “baptized” an evil drink, thereby making it good, and if two other popes were public supporters of a cocaine-laced wine, is it really that farfetched to suggest that Pope Francis should baptize cannabis?

This seems like an especially good way for him to keep building up his reputation as a progressive-minded game changer.

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Although there’s precedence for this kind of a move, it may still be a long shot. Back in 2014, the Pope said he did not support the idea of legalizing cannabis.

But Pope Francis has plenty of time of left. We’ll see what happens in the future.

Maybe if somebody could find a way to smoke him up once, he’ll change his mind the same way Clement did when he finally tasted coffee.

(AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)

Nick Lindsey

Nick is a Green Rush Daily staff writer from Fort Collins, Colorado. He has been at the epicenter of the cannabis boom from the beginning. He holds a Masters in English Literature and a Ph.D. in cannabis (figuratively of course).

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